Although it’s never a bad time to decide to take a more mindful approach to food, typically the New Year springs a large proportion of students looking to “eat more veg” or “make more food from scratch”. If sticking to these resolutions makes your stomach grumble, fear not; here are a few tips that make it easier to cook and eat healthily.
Use frozen veg
Frozen veg is a student key. Not only does it take up less space in the fridge, but it also lasts longer, and as the packaging process is quicker than fresh foods, it can contain more nutrients (don’t believe me?). They are cheap and easy to add to stews, bolognese, stir-fries, or even just boiled as an accompaniment to a protein and a carb source. One or two of your five-a-day: sorted.
Supermarket spice mixes
So, understandably, after a long day of work, uni, or being hungover (let’s be honest…), chances are you’re not going to want to spend hours in the kitchen slaving away as you make a curry from scratch.
But you still want a curry – who doesn’t? So a good trick here is to buy pre-prepared powdered spice mix: these contain a range of spices that work together to make your curry flavours like cumin, garam masala and turmeric. It’s just powder so you don’t feel as guilty as if you used a pre-made curry sauce or tin (and will be tons healthier too, as it won’t have the added salt, sugar and fat).
To make a curry, just fry your protein (meat, fish, veg) with the powder then add a tin of tomatoes for a tomato-based curry (rogan josh?) or a tin of coconut milk for a creamier curry (korma). The results are tastier, healthier and so much cheaper. You’re welcome.
Protein for Breakfast
If one of your aims is to cut back on snacking, one of the causes could be an insufficient (or non-existent) breakfast. Stocking up with food in the morning with a bit more protein makes you feel fuller for longer and stops you from being so tempted to snack throughout the day. Try having eggs or porridge with egg whites in, or even a high-protein yoghurt and fruit instead of your average toast and cereal. If you have to eat on the go quite a lot, make some egg muffins in the oven the night before and just take them with you! (Click here for a really easy recipe) I promise you will notice the difference and be less tempted to pick at things throughout the day!
Know your limits
As with any goal and aim, it is too easy to give yourself unrealistic expectations and give an ‘all or nothing’ approach. It’s always better to do everything in moderation. If you know you will find it almost impossible to have a no-carb meal every night, have a day off or limit yourself to smaller portions with carbs included. The harder you find your resolution is, the less likely you’ll be able to stick to it!
I hope you have found these tips useful. Anymore? Let me know in the comments below.
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